What condition does Dexlansoprazole treat?

Dexlansoprazole is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of certain stomach and esophagus problems such as acid reflux. This medicine relieves symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, heartburn, and persistent cough. Dexlansoprazole also helps:

  • Heal acid damage to stomach and esophagus
  • Prevent cancer of the esophagus
  • Prevent ulcers

This drug belongs to the class of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Dexlansoprazole work?

Dexlansoprazole works by lessening the amount of acid in your stomach. This keeps the acid from entering your esophagus. Dexlansoprazole also helps relieve symptoms such as burning feelings in your chest or throat, a sour taste in your mouth, or burping.

What is the recommended dosage for Dexlansoprazole?

  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to it.
  • This medicine is usually taken once a day.
  • Each dose may be taken with or without food.
  • You must take it exactly as it is prescribed.
  • Do not take more or often than the prescription. Don’t forget to take it at the same time every day.
  • Swallow the medication whole. Do not break or chew it.
  • For the best benefit, take it regularly.
  • If your symptoms usually occur after a meal, your doctor may direct you to take your dosage every day before the same meal for best results.
  • Let your doctor know if your condition persists or gets worse.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine because they have judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this prescription do not have serious side effects.

What are the side effects of Dexlansoprazole?

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain
  • Stuffy nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Sneezing
  • Other cold symptoms

What are the precautions in taking Dexlansoprazole?

  • Before taking Dexlansoprazole, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. Tell as well if you have any allergies.
  • Diarrhea may be a sign of a new infection. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that has blood in it or watery.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any medical history or current treatments.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. It might make your condition even worse or it could also develop other health complications.  
  • Tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking especially St. John’s wort. Your doctor may recommend you not to take St. John’s wort while taking Dexlansoprazole.
  • This medication should be used with caution in older adults. They may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug.
  • If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, consult your doctor first. This prescription may not be recommended for them.
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking this medication with Methotrexate especially on a high-dose treatment.
  • This is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old.
  • You should not double the given dosage.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place away from heat and moisture.